ClubTest 2014: Adams Pro Hybrids
Adams Pro Hybrids
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 18°, 20° and 26° with Aldila Tour Red graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Cuts in the crown and sole behind the face allow more flex for greater ball speed. Placing the CG behind the center of the face aids workability.
PLAYABILITY: The Pro handles like an iron; low, driving trajectory with shaping ability to match your skill; reasonable performance from light to medium rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: There’s a bit of a learning curve, but good marks for accuracy once in tune; the Pro repays extra focus with excellent consistency.
DISTANCE: Adequate overall, but nothing extreme; good swings can really peg it, especially off clean lies.
FEEL: Stiff, authoritative sensation throughout; a commanding punch at impact, with lots of tactile feedback; narrow head stays stable through most lies.
LOOK: Aggressive and compact; a small, tight shape with minimal graphics and no distractions; nicely hides any help packed in the head.
The emphasis is on “pro” -- these are unkind to off-center shots for many testers; they demand concentration and a fairly repeatable swing since mis-hits tend to cost you; require speed to cut through thick rough and don’t do quite enough to salvage yardage from guys’ poor swings.
BOTTOM LINE: A hard-nosed, tight-steering hybrid best suited for better players who want a slightly more forgiving club than the Adams Pro DHy. It asks a lot of a player but rewards good swings with precise results.
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